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Sanborn maps researched regarding junction of Main and Elm Streets, 1907-1923

Buzzings from BeeLines

November 2, 2011
By Marybelle Beigh, Current Westfield Historian
The examination of Sanborn maps between 1886 and 1923 continues for the remaining maps of 1907, 1912 and 1923, describing the streets and buildings near the junction of Main and Elm Streets in Westfield.

In 1907, lot 547 is Elm, lot 548 is W.U. Telegraph and DG, lot 549 is a jeweler, lot 550 is a barber, and lot 551 has a new, partially stone structure building that still stands at address 44, but in 1907 is a meat market.

In 1912, lot 547 is Elm, lot 548, or addresses 36 and 38, is W.E. Telegraph and DG, lot 549, or address 40, is a jeweler, lot 550, or address 42, is a barber and lot 551, or address 44 is a restaurant.

A short sentence was found in the Westfield Republican of Nov. 30, 1921, stating that the Macomber house was removed from the corner of Main and Elm in 1921, so that the entrance from Main onto Elm could be increased to the full width of the rest of Elm Street. At that time also, Main Street was being “renewed.”

On the 1923 Sanborn map, the Macomber house has been moved up Elm Street to what is now address 33 Elm, although there seems to be some inconsistency in the numbering of the structures on the east side of Elm Street between Main and McClurg for a few years after this house had been moved. It appears as though the building that housed the millinery and later the jeweler at address 40 may have been razed or possibly moved up Elm to become the small building behind the moved Macomber house.

In 1923, Elm Street, where it intersects Main Street, had been widened to include lots 547 and 548, and there is a vacant lot at lot 549 or address 40 Main Street. There is a store at lot 550 or 42 Main Street, probably still the barber, but the historian office copy of the 1923 Sanborn map is blurred where the label is written for 44 Main Street.

In the next BeeLines, using a title search, the owners of the plot of land where Elm and Main Diner are now located in 2011 will be identified. As mentioned in the first BeeLines about maps from the 1800s that illustrate this property, this research was done to answer several history mystery questions about not only the history of diners in Westfield, but also some of the early business men and women, and buildings, now long gone.

Marybelle Beigh is the current Public Historian for the Town and Village of Westfield. Her office is located at 3 East Main Street in Westfield, N.Y, 14787 — inside Parkview Ice Cream Parlor. Her scheduled office hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 11 a.m.; other hours by appointment.

Beigh can be reached at westfieldhistorian@fairpoint.net or by calling 326-2457 (office), 326-6171 (home) or 397-9254 (cell).

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